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The ultimate party season is fast approaching so surely there is not a more perfect time to check out a book solely focused on creating beautifully themed parties. Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker of the fab Decor8, design and lifestyle blog and Leslie Shewring of the charming blog A Creative Mint provides an abundance of ‘stylish and simple ideas for meaningful gatherings.’

With such brilliant creative minds behind the book you can find the sort of inspiration and DIY suggestions you would expect. And you know we are a sucker for a good DIY project especially if it involves re-using or recycling items that you already have around the house. With this in mind we pawed over the lovely pages and selected a simple DIY wedding menu wall hanging to make to find out just how easy the suggestions are for you.

So check out our version of their DIY wedding menu wall hanging followed by our review of the book.

DIY Wedding Menu Wall Hanging

Decorate for a Party // DIY Wedding Menu Wall Hanging // The Natural Wedding Company

Now we couldn’t just review a DIY book without testing out an idea and giving it a go to see how simple they really are. With a friends winter wedding fast approaching, I selected an idea that I felt would work with the look and theme she is going for – a DIY wedding menu wall hanging.

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Sunflower, dahlia and feather autumn wedding bouquet

So it’s Halloween and I can barely believe we are into November tomorrow – where is the time going?  Baby Tilly and I have decorated the front our little house with two beautiful ‘Cinderella’ pumpkins from a local farm and an autumnal wreath gifted to us from the lovely ladies at The Garden Gate Flowers Company (here’s a picture).

Rather than going all Halloween themed wedding today on the blog I wanted to share some of the abundance of seasonal autumn flowers that have been filling up my Facebook newsfeed from our fab TNWC flower farmers and florists.  If you are planning an autumn wedding I encourage you all to embrace seasonal blooms, foliage and berries (if you’re reading this blog I imagine you are already a fan!) – here is a little inspiration for you…

Seasonal Autumn Wedding Flower Inspiration

I was completely captured by the use of borlotti beans in this autumn bouquet from Lock Cottage Flowers, and those dahlias are just stunning.

Autumn bouquet of dahlias and borlotti beans from Lock Cottage Flowers

A totally incredible urn arrangement of dahlias (look at the size of them!) and those delicate orange Chinese Lanterns from Petal & Feast.

Urn arrangement with dahlias and Chinese Lanterns from Petal & Feast

Down in Cornwall, The Blue Carrot has been picking the last of her dahlias and roses for this natural and romantic arrangement.

Natural bouquet of dahlias and roses from The Blue Carrot

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Holly and Laurie's English picnic wedding

English picnic wedding

I have got some truly lovely exclusive real weddings coming up for you on the blog, so I do hope you’ll check back over the coming weeks to soak up all the wonderful inspiration these brides and grooms have to share.

Today’s real wedding is beautiful.  I feel like I’ve got to know bride Holly over the past year or so as she emailed me a couple of times in the lead up to her wedding – not only was she inspired by my own wedding stationery, but she also won her wedding photography via a competition that I’d promoted on the blog!

Holly and Laurie got married in Shropshire on the 15th of September 2012 with a wedding ceremony held at Ludlow Castle, and followed up by a picnic wedding reception at Henley Farmhouse on the Acton Scott Estate.

Over to Holly to tell us all about their wonderful day…

Seasonal September country wedding flowers

Rustic place names

Picnic wedding wrapped with greaseproof paper and twine

“We both just wanted a really relaxed wedding where all our guests could just have fun.  We wanted a day that was personal to us – we didn’t have a huge budget so we knew from the start that we would probably be doing lots of the work ourselves – with the help of our friends and family.”

“We actually found searching for a venue one of the most stressful parts of planning, we were looking for a blank canvas without lists of suppliers we had to use and we didn’t have lots of money to spend so we struggled to find somewhere.  I grew up in Shropshire and loved the idea of a Shropshire country wedding.”

Photo frame table plan

Country garden flowers

Blackboards

Wedding picnic and menu

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Crab apple blossom and spring flower bouquet

Usually I take the day off from a blog post on Saturday, but whilst sitting here working I came across this beautiful piece of inspiration that I couldn’t help but share with you.

Spring wedding table arrangement with crab apple blossom

I particularly love the month of May and all the flowers that bloom in our gardens and hedgerows. I especially love fruit tree blossom, and with my little apple tree just starting to blossom this week, and my crab apple tree not far behind, this heavenly shoot reminded me of all those reasons I love May so much.

Spring wedding crab apple blossom and rose bouquet

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Apple floating candles

For all of you dreaming of a rustic natural autumn wedding then I think you might just love this idea for creating a bit of atmosphere.  Fill up some rustic containers – earthenware pots and tin baths – with water and float with lots of apple candles.  If you want some guidelines on how to carve out an apple to hold a tealight there’s an easy ‘how to’ here.

Done on a smaller scale and float some lovely autumn leaves in amongst the apples and you’ve got alternative centrepieces.  I think it would also be a lovely way to decorate your home for a party. If you want some more ideas and isnpiration for using apples then check out this blog post from last year.

All this week I’m celebrating autumn weddings with lots of ideas and inspiration – so check out all the ideas in my natural autumn wedding special.

Image: via Dreamy Whites

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Pork pie wedding cake with ivy and crab apples

Wedding cakes don’t need to be sweet.  Fact.  There are beautiful cheese alternatives, and also some stunners made from pork pies – and what could be more autumnal than a stack of pork pies decorated with ivy and crab apples?  I’ve featured an aptly named giganotosarus pork pie wedding cake before, but it was a bit intimidating for the amateur DIY bride (I personally wouldn’t attempt something like it!).

This one’s a bit more possible, with a simple tiered affect with pork pies of decreasing size.  I love the ivy wound around the cake stand and the big piles of crab apples and berries at the bottom, plus, who can resist a Lego bride and groom cake topper?

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Autumn arrangement of ferns, apples and berries

I’ve been pulling together this blog post for a while now, it is surprising how difficult it has been to find beautiful bouquets and arrangements using ferns.  Hopefully if you’re looking for something a bit different and ferns appeal to you that this will save you a lot of time trawling the internet in search of inspiration.

Just today I was out in the rain walking around my local National Trust and the ferns have gone mad!  In the last week they have transformed from tiny coils pushing through the soil to knee-high and lush green.  I think ferns would be an obvious choice for a woodland wedding bouquet, however I don’t think they should be pigeon-holed as they are just so beautiful.

In the first part of this feature on ferns, I’m showcasing colourful bouquets and arrangements where ferns have been used, and tomorrow I will share bouquets with a more neutral and soft palette.  I must say, the top arrangement is one of my favourites – which is yours?

A bridal bouquet of apricot coloured orchids and soft green ferns…

Bouquet of apricot coloured orchids and ferns

A bright later summer bouquet with ferns, grasses and trailing brambles…

End of summer colourful bouquet with ferns

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